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Battle of Long Tan commemoration – final days

Date : 15 / 09 / 2016
Author : Jim Linton - VK3PC

The four callsigns marking the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan during the Vietnam War have made contacts, even though propagation has not often been favourable. The Battle on August 18, 1966, had 108 ANZACs greatly outnumbered, with heavy losses on both sides, and them eventually winning against a large enemy force.
A high degree of interest exists whenever VI4BLT50 in Queensland, VI6BLT50 in West Australia, VI1BLT50 Canberra, and VI8BLT50 in Darwin are on the air.

The DX contacts particularly have lots of questions about the activity and this also resulted in 7,000 hits on the information. The WIA arranged callsigns with the ACMA granting licences 30 days which ended this weekend. The commemoration is to end at midnight AEST on Saturday. Organisers will then files their logs and create a report on the event that is expected to be in the November edition of the WIA journal, Amateur Radio magazine.


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